In the absence of any ideas, songs, fragments and/or youtube lists for the illustrious DJ Ringfinger to traipse all over, it seemed time for another Soundtracks and Other Expletives, vinyl edition. This month, ‘ole Ringy as he gets called in Memphis has dug deep into his collection and found rare grooves, scratchy beats and a whole lot ‘o shit. We start with this deep cut from 1973 co-written by Mr Ghostbuster himself Ray Parker Jr and amazingly named Hamilton Bohannon and the b-side to his 1973 disco hit called ‘Disco Bomp’. Next up, Earl Wright and his Orchestra and this Northern Soul stomper called ‘Thumb a Ride’. Released in 1965, I picked it up for the b-side, which is a cover of Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone. I just loved this track more. So it is here, for your pleasure. Oh, did I note that it was produced by the sublime, Mr David Axelrod!
Run it on down Mr DJ – Hamilton Bohannon
Thumb a Ride – Earl Wright
Next up, Ted Heath and his Orchestra decide its time to screw around with M.Jagger et al and do a version of Satisfaction. It starts a bit only but when the organ and the brass kick in, Keith Richards cowers behind his amp. Then it goes Lounge again, this time with a woodwind break. Then the brass come back in to funk you over again, led by the trumpet. Funk-kay. Time to get grungy and dirty, and a well played and worn copy of The Strangeloves in 1965 doing “I Want Candy’. This is the original on Bang and it is so garage. So overplayed. I think it adds to the sound. Complaints can be addressed Ringfinger c/- the end of fucking time. Next up, some original rock and roll on Speciality from 1957 and Short Fat Fannie by Larry Williams. This track has been covered by no less than Levon Helm and the Beatles during the Get Back sessions. Great song, with lot’s of rock and roll references (Hound Dong, Blue Suede Shoes, Mary-Lou)
Satisfaction – Ted Heath and his Orchestra
I Want Candy – The Strangeloves
Short Fat Fannie – Larry Williams and his band
Aussie. Aussie. Aussie. Oi. Oi. Oi. Let’s hit some late sixties Aussie genius. We start with Coloured Balls, the band put together by legendary Aussie guitarist and producer Lobby Lloyde. The Balls were one of the loudest, heaviest blues bands of the time, regularly blowing the shit out of amps. Matched only by these boys, the legendary Rose Tattoo. How could we go by without shaping your life with the Tatts and a track from their debut LP. Bad Boy for Love is a dark tale of prison and violence that influenced so much metal of the eighties (like G’n’R) it ain’t funny. Chisel. The carrion call of the western suburbs of anywhere in Australia in the seventies. Barnsey, Mossy, Don and the rest were all consumate songwriters. The blues belter was always a show stopper, a perfext example of the Barnes ‘singing’ style.
Johnny B.Goode – Coloured Balls
Bad Boy for Love – Rose Tattoo
Goodbye (Astrid Goodbye) – Cold Chisel
Let’s keep it punk, shall we? Wayne Kramer from the legendary MC5 put this cover of the old MC5 song in 1978. See what Brother Wayne had to say about this benefit single ..
Wayne Kramer: Yeah. While I was in the penitentiary, he wrote me at one point that all the bands over there were outraged that I had to go to prison and a couple of labels had gotten together — Stiff Records and Chiswick Records — and they were gonna put out two of those tracks as a benefit for me, and they were gonna give me all the money when I got out of prison, which was really a brotherly thing for them to do, considering that most people come out of prison with what they have when they go into prison, which is nothing, and that’s generally the reason they wind up going back to prison. But when I came out, I had like 2000 dollars as a cushion to help me adjust to life back on the street. It really, really made the difference for me…not that I would have gone back to dealing drugs or selling stolen TVs or guns or whatever, but it really did…a couple grand, y’know, straightens you out. Takes the pressure off…”
Legendary electro genius Afrika Bambaataa next with his cover of the MC5 ‘Kick out the Jams’. I was going to play this off the record store day ‘Side by Side’ released, but the fucker st Rhino put it in a sleeve that destroyed the record. Good argument for RSD. Last but not least, we have Brother Wayne’s late bandmate Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith and one of the best Detroit punk songs ever written and recorded, City Slang. Don’t hold back, throw yourself around the room.
Ramblin’ Rose – Wayne Kramer
Kick out the Jams – Afrika Bambaataa
City Slang – Sonic’s Rendezvous Band
Obscure country time. Jim Richards and his 1971 croon, Just Because I am not the man I used to be. That wasn’t a counterpoint in anyway to Sonic. Released on princess records, this is in now ay related to the Fine Young Cannibals song. Now have Rusty Draper, and Free Home Demonstration was released by Rusty Warren in 1953. Who knew Door to Door salesmen would ‘give you a little bit of hug, little bit of squeeze’. Double Entendre. Classy.
Just Because I am not the man I used to be – Jim Richards
Free Home Demonstration – Rusty Draper
Right, let’s bring it home, Italian Soundtrack style. We start with ‘The Telegraph is Calling’ by the Pawnshop, an incredibly rare psych single from 1971 and featuring Alessandro Alessandroni in disguise. It might sell for your house. Then we have this 1972 funky break by
Francesco De Masi from the sound track to La Macchina Della Violenza (Original Soundtrack). You can pick one of these up for a cool £150. Last, but not least with this set, we finish with Nico Fidenco getting funky and porny, all at once with a track from the 1975 soundtrack to Emanuelle Perche’ Violenza Alle Donne?
called Eternal Anguish. This is a very cool flute lead track that I am sure carried plot forwards. It is all about the plot. In porn. The plot. and the music. thanks Nico.
The Telegraph is Calling – The Pawnshop
Running Against the Time – Francesco De Masi
Eternal Anguish – Nico Fidenco
Let’s play two songs for France. So much of my musical life emerges from that country. These two tracks are not the best, the deepest or the coolest, but they are from two of the great champions of French chanson. First up France Gall from her 1975 self-titled record and le declaration d’amour. and finally we have Michel Polnareff from his 1978 record Coucou me revoilou, which was not especially well received but has this cool little title track.
Le Declarationd’amour – France Gall
Coucou me revoilou – Michel Polnareff